Sunday, January 26, 2014


We are always searching for the "American Dream." This illusion has been ingrained into our minds since we were young. We have been told that we need a nice house with a little white picket fence, a perfect spouse, 2.5 children and the dream job. And we are told that, unless we obtain these things, we are not happy. 

We spend our lives searching for this unobtainable ideal. Obtaining these will make us happy...right? We spend our entire lives trying to find happiness,searching for what we are told is the only way to be satisfied. We convince ourselves that this is what WE want. We become so engulfed in this that we never look around at what we have, because we are constantly looking forward. We cannot take our eyes off of this 'dream' and miss everything that is happening around us. If we only looked at what is happening around us, we would see that we have all we need.

Of Mice and Men's George and Lennie spend their entire lives pining after their American Dream. Their complete focus revolves around obtaining their own piece of land with rabbits, chickens, a cow and possibly a goat and pig. Through their various jobs at multiple farms, they are convinced that their lives will not be satisfying until they get their house. 

Because of their unsatisfied quench, George ignores the happiness that is right in front of him--friendship. These men have traveled everywhere together and have become more like brothers than friends, and George quickly takes Lennie for granted. It is not until George shoots Lennie that he realizes that he does not need a farm with rabbits and chickens to be happy. He finally understands that he had happiness all along and that his American Dream could never compare. If he had just taken his eyes off of this unrealistic ideal, he would have seen what he had.

What will we miss if we keeping searching for what we may never obtain? The sooner that we quit looking for what may be and begin looking at what is, the sooner we begin living.


1 comment:

  1. Great points here, Alaina! You bring up a really good point about how much the characters miss out on by focusing so intently on their dreams. One thing we didn't get to touch on in class was their reactions to the dream actually becoming attainable. Once Candy offers up his money to help achieve the dream, George and Lennie realize that they could actually get their little home and live of the fat of the land with their rabbits where before it was just an ideal the strove for. What do you think of the characters' responses to their dream having the potential to become a reality?